Our Michigan Spousal Support Attorneys
When a couple is headed toward divorce, they face a lot of financial uncertainty. If you need a spousal support attorney, our Ann Arbor alimony attorneys at Biggs & Gunst P.C. Attorneys At Law can answer your questions and provide advice regarding spousal support.
What Is Spousal Support?
The divorce laws in Michigan recognize that spouses contribute to a marriage in different ways. When one spouse makes more money than the other, the court can choose to award spousal support to offset the income imbalance. Spousal maintenance, support or alimony is designed to provide the spouse with a smaller income and financial stability during and after the divorce.
How Is Spousal Support Calculated In Michigan?
There is no such thing as a spousal support calculator in Michigan. Spousal support will be determined by a number of different factors, including:
- How long the parties were married
- The financial circumstances of each party
- Each party’s education level and ability to work
The court will also consider a couple’s division of property and assets. Spousal support may be used to offset the division of assets. Sometimes, spousal support is predetermined in a prenup or postnup agreement.
How Long Do Alimony Payments Last?
The court will also determine how long a spouse has to pay spousal support. The length of spousal maintenance will depend on several different factors, including:
- The length of time the parties were married
- The age of the spouses
- The support recipient’s ability to work
- The education level of the support recipient
- The ability of the paying spouse to pay
Spousal support can be awarded for a temporary period, with the idea that the receiving spouse will need some time to be able to support themselves. Spousal maintenance can also be awarded permanently.
Is Spousal Support Taxable?
Under both state and federal tax reform laws, alimony is no longer taxable income. Therefore, anyone paying spousal support cannot claim it as a deduction. Likewise, a spouse who is receiving support payments does not have to include it as income for tax purposes.
When Can Spousal Support Be Modified?
In the state of Michigan, spousal support can be modified in the event there is a significant change in circumstances. However, if the parties reach an agreement regarding spousal maintenance in their divorce, the terms of the decree will dictate if either party can seek to modify support. In other words, if you waived your right to seek a modification in the original divorce decree, you will not be able to seek a modification.
Our divorce lawyers at Biggs & Gunst P.C. Attorneys At Law can help evaluate your situation. Our attorneys can assess if you will likely have to pay spousal support or evaluate if you may be entitled to spousal support. A spousal support attorney can also assess whether or not you might be able to modify your existing spousal support obligation.
Schedule A Free Consultation With A Spousal Support Attorney
At Biggs & Gunst P.C. Attorneys At Law, we know that with all of the uncertainty surrounding an impending divorce, you probably have a lot of questions. Our divorce lawyers offer free initial consultations. To schedule a free appointment with a spousal support lawyer, contact our office by calling 734-720-4445 or sending us an email through our website.